By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger would like to call upon Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh for the FA Cup tie against Leeds United.

The Ivorian and his Moroccan team-mate will head to the Africa Cup of Nations next month and are due to meet up with their respective squads on January 7 – two weeks before the tournament begins.

Arsenal’s Third-Round tie against Leeds has been put back to the evening of Monday 9th for live TV broadcast and Wenger hopes Gervinho and Chamakh will be given permission to delay their arrival in Africa.

“The competition starts on the 21st of January,” he told Arsenal Player.

“They have normally, legally, to turn up 14 days before, that means the 7th. We will ask for delays for both of them, at least until the Leeds game [on the 9th].

“Hopefully we can get an arrangement for that. They will miss the first two days of the preparation but on the other hand they are both fit to start the competition. Hopefully we can get an agreement.”

Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player.

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30 Dec 2011